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Cuban Missile Crisis
8:53 am
Mon October 15, 2012

How Cuba Nearly Joined The Nuclear Club

Khrushchev, right, considered Castro a hot head.
Credit AP

Recent research and a new book by the son of a Soviet insider are putting the Cuban Missile Crisis of a half century ago in a scary new light. Juan Tamayo of the Miami Herald reports we were closer to nuclear war than we have realized. Here's the part about the 98 nuclear missiles that Nikita Khrushchev almost left with Fidel Castro.

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News
8:05 am
Mon October 15, 2012

NEWSCAST: Florida's Hispanic Vote Could Be Up For Grabs

A new poll by Florida International University, the Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald shows President Obama narrowly leads Romney among Florida's Hispanic voters.
Elle Cayabyab Gitlin, Flickr

A new poll finds President Obama winning the Hispanic vote across the country, but here in Florida things are a lot tighter. 

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Voting Laws
8:02 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Charlie Crist's Costly Stand For Early Voting

The Hug: This may have been a worse problem for Charlie Crist than his defense of early voting.
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Dismayed after black citizens, voting early, handed Florida to President Obama in 2008, state Republican leaders showed up in Gov. Charlie Crist's office to demand a law that restricts early voting.

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Capital Punishment
7:03 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Days From Death, Killer's Violent Psychosis Complicates Closure For Victims' Families

John Errol Ferguson, convicted of killing six, may have murdered twice as many.
Credit Florida Dept. of Corrections

John Errol Ferguson is scheduled for execution on Thursday for a six-victim murder that  horrified South Florida more than 35 years ago. At the time, as the Miami Herald's David Ovalle reminds us in this backgrounder, it was the worst mass murder in local history.  Is he fit to execute?

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Politics And Polls
6:02 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Nelson's Survival Shows Romney Surge Did Little For Republicans' Senate Strategy

Nelson's Republican opponent Connie Mack missed the surge.
Credit Gage Skidmore on Flickr

The Republicans' chance of retaking the Senate is about a quarter of what it was two months ago, according to the New York Times' great meta-pollster, Nate Silver. Despite Mitt Romney's comeback, Democratic Senate candidates like Florida incumbent Bill Nelson are also holding their own. Check the tables on Silver's blog at  fivethirtyeight.com.

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This Miami Life
2:22 pm
Sat October 13, 2012

Miami Beach Couple Desperate To Get Married Resorts To Reddit Over “Buzzkill” Florida Bureaucracy

Help Wanted: Marry Us!
Dan Grech

We spotted this touching (and slightly bizarre) plea on Reddit from "cosmicbrownies2," and couldn’t resist helping spread the word.

Can anyone PLEASE marry us this weekend!?

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News
6:20 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

NEWSCAST: Construction Firm Owner Says Crane Hit Garage

Miami Dade College Doral parking garage
Gregory A. Castillo

There is at least the first possibility of an explanation into why that five-story section of parking garage collapsed at the Miami-Dade College West Campus in Doral. It was hit with a crane two days before. That's coming directly from the owner of the construction company building the garage complex. Bill Byrne is the President and CEO of Ajax Building Corporation and says the crane struck a garage column in the outer portion of the building, but did not say if the impact happened in the quadrant that collapsed.  He also says inspectors checked the building and crane after it happened and

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Fidel Castro
5:59 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Fidel Castro Death Rumors Are A Familiar Story

Rumors are circulating that Fidel Castro has died, which is all too familiar.
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Social media has been abuzz today with rumors that Fidel Castro might be dead. As The Miami Herald reports:

Rumors of the retired leader’s alleged passing had been circulating online since Sunday, when Castro did not congratulate Venezuela’s President Hugo Chávez on winning reelection.

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Young Caregivers
4:24 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

WATCH: Youth Caregivers Fight To Finish School

YouTube Screenshot

Seventeen-year-old Jimmy Braat has three passions in life: playing music, photography, and being a caregiver to his grandma.

"It's all I'm good at!" he laughs. He started taking care of his great grandmother at age 9.

"My mom was always at work so it was kind of my role I guess," Jimmy says," She passed away at 92 when I was 13. So now, I take care of my grandmother."

Jimmy is three years behind in school and now participates in an online school program called hospital homebound.

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The Florida Roundup
4:14 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

How Education Figures Into The Presidential Race

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On this week's show: we focus on education and compare the policies of the presidential candidates.  

President Obama and Mitt Romney agree on issues such as paying teachers based on student performance.  The main difference between the two is on the question of vouchers.  

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Campaign Money
3:31 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Obama And Romney's Big South Florida Donors

Marc Anthony and fellow South Floridians are some of the big donors to the Obama and Romney campaign.
Facundo Gaisler/Flickr

Not only are South Florida's votes key to the upcoming presidential election, but its residents are some big donors to the presidential campaigns, as well.

South Florida Business Journal rounded up some of the biggest donors in the region to both President Obama and Mitt Romney's campaigns. 

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Secret Service Scandal
2:38 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Secret Service Agent Found Passed Out On Sidewalk In Miami

A Secret Service agent was found passed out drunk this morning in Miami.
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A U.S. Secret Service agent enjoyed Miami a little too much last night.

Aaron Francis Engler, a Secret Service agent, was found passed out drunk on a sidewalk near Brickell Avenue and 7th in Miami today.

Engler was in Miami because President Obama was in town for the campaign. He gave a big speech at the University of Miami and help a fundraiser at the J.W. Marriott.

CBS 4 reports,

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Quarterback Queen
9:46 am
Fri October 12, 2012

Erin DiMeglio's Big Year: South Plantation High Quarterback Is Also Homecoming Queen

Homecoming queen Erin DiMeglio in her other role
Marisa Latzman
  • WLRN's Phil Latzman met Erin Dimeglio and produced this profile.

It's hard to imagine a more completely successful senior year. Here’s Christy Cabrera Chirinos' story in the Sun-Sentinel about how 17-year-old Erin DiMeglio got her homecoming tiara...during halftime. Click the Listen link to hear Phil Latzman's profile of the groundbreaking athlete.

From dreaming of touchdown passes to…sporting a tiara?

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Obama At UM
9:07 am
Fri October 12, 2012

Now Lagging In State Polls, Obama Gets Laughs At University of Miami Rally

Obama At UM: Behind in the polls but still getting laughs
Obama campaign

President Obama came to Florida yesterday to find himself trailing Mitt Romney by seven points in the latest Mason-Dixon poll. Many agree, it’s the result of his lackluster debate performance last week.

And that's what the president tried to make up for during a rally at the University of Miami. Sounding confident and energetic, the president covered the points he overlooked during the debate -- passing Obamacare, killing Osama bin Laden and ending the war in Iraq.

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Arts
8:38 am
Fri October 12, 2012

How Miami's Classical Music Scene Has Changed In 40 Years

Luciano Magnanini has big plans for retirement: "I will continue playing with the opera, the Palm Beach Symphony, and just see a little bit of the world."
Alicia Zuckerman
  • WLRN's Alicia Zuckerman and musician Luciano Magnanini discuss classical music and his 40-year career in Miami.
  • Las Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas/Primavera Porteñas; recorded at Festival Miami, October 5, 2005.

The bassoonist Luciano Magnanini has been a fixture of South Florida's classical music scene for the past four decades. He has played around the world and performed under the conductors Leonard Bertstein and Zubin Mehta. In 1972, after arriving from Italy via Peru and Mexico, Magnanini began a 40-year teaching career at the University of Miami. He’s retiring in May, and this Sunday he performs a chamber concert celebrating his career.

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